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Principal's Welcome by Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris


As Principal of Leo Baeck College, I extend a very warm welcome to you.

Leo Baeck College was founded in 1956 by Rabbi Dr Werner van der Zyl and named in honour of his teacher, Rabbi Leo Baeck, at the Berlin Hochshüle.

The College is unique as it provides training for educators and rabbis for Progressive Judaism equipped for the 21st century. To date, Leo Baeck College has ordained close to two hundred rabbis and graduated over ninety educators who have served and are serving in Progressive communities worldwide. The College continues to provide the future leadership of the Progressive Jewish community in the United Kingdom, Europe, Former Soviet Union, United States, Australia, South Africa and beyond.

With our select student body we are able to offer challenging academic and vocational studies whilst maintaining an individual, friendly and supportive environment, making the learning experience a truly personal one. With teaching staff of the highest calibre and an academic library second to none, as well as excellent teaching resources, the College is infused with a love of Jewish learning.

For over five decades, the College community has been a beacon of hope and renewal for Progressive Judaism; we are its beating heart. I hope that it will remain a beacon for years to come, and that you can find a course that motivates you to join us here and become a part of our ever expanding family.